Saturday 27 May 2017

Pity poor mandarins and their delinquent politicians

A climate of chronic informality has led to many murky events in our history, writes John-Paul McCarthy

THOUGH he didn't much care for billionaires, or High Court judges for that matter, the ghost of Peter Berry springs to mind when one reads Justice Moriarty's report on the Esat licence.

Moriarty showed that Michael Lowry infiltrated the cordon sanitaire that his mandarins had built around the adjudication process for a major mobile phone licence.

Moriarty suggests that Lowry somehow managed to squeeze crucial pieces of information from the civil servants involved in this confidential assessment process, and that he conveyed this "substantive information" to one of the bidders.

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